New York, October 23, 2023: In a yet another racial incident in US, a 66-year-old Sikh man died of his head injuries after being assaulted after a minor car accident.
It’s a second attack against a Sikh person within a week in New York.
According to the news published in The Tribune with PTI inputs, Jasmer Singh was attacked by 30-year-old“Our team will be meeting Sikh leaders this week to discuss the needs of this critical community in this challenging moment,” Adams said.
Singh’s death was the second tragic incident in about a week against Sikhs here.
Last week, a 19-year-old Sikh boy was assaulted while he was riding the bus in Richmond Hill and was headed to a gurdwara. Christopher Philippeaux, 26, punched the teenager in the back of the head, tried to knock off his turban and told him, “We don’t wear that In this country.”
Philippeaux has been arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and charged with assault in the third degree as a hate crime and aggravated harassment in the second degree, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.
A report in the New York Daily News said that police at the NYPD’s 102 Precinct charged Augustin with manslaughter and assault. Following his arraignment in Queens on Saturday, Augustin was held without bail, the report said.
The report added that the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is not yet investigating the incident, which they believe was caused by a car crash.
According to the New York Daily News report, the vehicles of Singh and Augustin collided on Thursday and both cars sustained dents and scratches. As Singh tried to call 911, a man allegedly said “No police, no police” and took Singh’s phone.
The report added that Singh got out of the car and followed Augustin, trying to get his phone back. The two men argued and Singh walked back to his car after taking his phone from Augustin, who then punched him three times in the head and face.
“Singh fell to the ground and hit his head,” the report said, adding that Augustin fled from the scene. Singh was taken to a local hospital in critical condition where he died of brain injury.
Referring to the incidents, New York State Assembly woman Jenifer Rajkumar said that in the past seven days alone, “there were two reprehensible crimes against the Sikh American community in Richmond Hill that leave us all devastated”.
The news report said that police apprehended Augustin on Friday “about two miles from the crash site and found he had a suspended driver’s licence and his Alabama licence plate did not match his New York registration”.
-The Tribune reported.